Urban sprawl induces high level of car use and usually, congestion on roads giving access to city centres. To limit the damages caused by urban sprawl in terms of congestion, air pollution and energy consumption, numerous European cities are implementing suburban public transport services, such as heavy or light rail. But by improving the accessibility, they create an incentive for a new wave of urban sprawl. Therefore, in parallel, accompanying measures have to be elaborated, in order to prevent, mitigate or control urban sprawl. The proposed project tackles with this issue. The main steps of the research are to reach a better understanding of urban sprawl and its relation with transport, to evaluate accompanying measures for cities implementing suburban public transport, and to elaborate recommendations addressed to European cities. The overall research is based on the analysis of 5 case cities.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts